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Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012

And the winners are...

Lessons After Dark (Englefield 2) by Isabel Cooper - Ended May 6, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012

Question:  What are some or your favorite Paranormal Historical Romancesor Historical Romances?

books4me who said...

I hang my head in shame: I haven't read any parnormal historical romance...ever! But I absolutely LOVE paranormal romance and it's all I practically ever read so I want to expand my paranormal horizons to include historical romance too! So that is the best answer to the question instead of lying;)

AND

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews who said...

O_o_o! Great giveaway, I've read No Proper Lady and loved it! :)
There are quite a lot of historical paranormals I love:
all of Amanda Quick (she almost always has something paranormal in her novels), Diana Gabaldon, Libba Bray, The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges, Firelight by Kristen Callihan, Leanna Renee Hieber...


Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012


The Return Man by V.M. Zito - Ended May 7, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012

Question:  Favorite novel, movie or TV show featuring zombies?

rissatoo who said...

Hmmm... Zombie movie faves: Shaun of the Dead and Night of the Comet. Book faves, Mira Grant's Feed series, Mark Henry's Amanda Feral series, Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie series, and Rachel Caine's Revivalist series. (Well, at least the 1 that's out & I've read, that is.) No TV faves come to mind...


Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012


Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig - Ended May 8, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012

Question: What book are you reading? or What is the last book you've finished reading?

aburgeraday who said...

Currently reading "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss.


Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012


Choice of Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell 1) or Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell 2) by Jenn Bennett - Ended May 9, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY.

Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012

Question: Last Urban Fantasy novel you've read or what is your favorite genre?

April who said

The last one I read was The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross - I love it when there is humor in the books I read because everyone needs more laughter! Next up is Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters.


Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012


Kiss of the Goblin Prince (Shadowlands 2) by Shona Husk - Ended May 10, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY.

Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012

Question: Which mythological, fairytale or supernatural being would you like to see as a romantic hero?

Barbara E. who said

How about a troll, I've never seen one as a romantic hero. I think that would be a challenge and I'd love to see someone meet that challenge. I guess it would be a beauty and the beast kind of story. :D


Winners x 6 - May 13, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until Sunday, May 20, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Interview with V.M. Zito and Giveaway - April 30, 2012

Please welcome V. M. Zito to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Return Man was published on  April 1, 2012. You may read V.M. Zito's Guest Blog - Logic for Dead People - here.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

V.M.:  I probably shouldn't admit to this. Last December while I was writing THE RETURN MAN, I'd watch Christmas specials every night with my daughter, and a song from an old Rankin Bass show lodged in my head: "Put One Foot in Front of the Other," sung by cute claymation characters. Somehow its lyrics became my anthem for writing a novel. It's about taking things a little bit at a time, how small steps help us cross vast distances and achieve seemingly Herculean tasks. At night as I'd sit down at my desk to write, feeling overwhelmed by the hundreds of pages ahead of me, I'd sing this song. If you're looking for some quirky inspiration, search it on YouTube.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

V.M.:  My list of favorites is so long that you might wonder if I understand what the word "favorite" means, since I seem to include everyone. I'll give you a shortened version: Ray Bradbury, John Banville, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Paul Auster, Shirley Jackson, William Styron, Jack Ketchum. In terms of influence, I think I've absorbed a healthy dose of Jack Ketchum into my story-telling, with a few dashes of Bentley Little, David Morrell and Ray Bradbury, too.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

V.M.:  I consider myself more of a plotter. For me, writing a novel is like a long road trip. Before I begin, I unfold the map and plan out my major stops along the way --- all the important plot points and decisions awaiting the characters. But what happens between Points A, B and C isn't really predetermined. I try to just let those smaller moments, like character thoughts and reactions, occur organically. Unexpected ideas inevitably pop up like hitchhikers, and sometimes I pull over to pick them up. Or at least slow down for a closer look before I speed away terrified.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

For me, it's the constant challenge to my self-esteem, the temptation to judge myself too harshly and compare myself unfairly to other (better) writers. Did I mention I'm an insecure mess?

TQ:  Describe The Return Man in 140 characters or less.

V.M.:  Post-apocalypse. Is your wife/husband a zombie? Hire Marco to end their misery. Oh no! Gov’t sends Marco on suicide mission. Wu! Corpses!

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Return Man?

V.M.:  THE RETURN MAN began with idle daydreaming about what it would be like to survive a zombie apocalypse --- but what if my family didn't? How would that feel, knowing that my wife or child was out there somewhere as a tortured zombie? That emotional twist interested me, and I wanted to write a zombie story that I hadn't seen before.

As a long-time zombie fan, I have very defined tastes when it comes to what I enjoy in zombie stories (and what I don't). So while I wanted to be different, I also wanted to adhere to the classic zombie mythos, avoiding the pitfalls of avant-garde zombie novels that inadvertently squelch the basic enjoyment of good ol' zombie horror.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Return Man?

V.M.:  Most of my research focused on the Arizona setting --- the landscape, the animals and plants, the general vibe of being in the desert. The science was a big part, too. I debated all sorts of diseases and pathogens before choosing my "culprit" for the zombie outbreak, and then I read articles in science journals for clues to possible treatments. The most surprising amount of research was actually needed for the Sunset Limited train that plays heavily in the story. I searched train aficionado websites, digging for information and routes, trying to get the details right.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

V.M.:  I enjoyed the character Wu --- ostensibly the "bad guy" but really more of a sympathetic foil to the main character Marco. The chapters told from Wu's viewpoint were the most fun to write; I liked exploring his side of the story, understanding him as a man. But he was also the hardest, since he comes from a foreign culture; entering his mind required a greater shift in thinking, as well as greater attention to details of life in China. (More research!)

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Return Man?

V.M.:  My favorite scene comes near the end, and I can't think of a way to comment on it without spoilers! So... my second favorite scene comes in the middle, a quiet moment in a church between Marco and Wu, in which we gain some insight into each man's personal theology.

TQ:  What's next?

V.M.:  Another novel, I hope! I'm just breaking ground on a new idea, a supernatural/dark fantasy set in the spooky backwoods of Vermont. No bloody zombies, but there will definitely be maple syrup.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

V.M.:  And thank you very much for having me! I hope everyone enjoys THE RETURN MAN, and I'd love to hear from you. Visit TheReturnMan.com and feel free to send me a note any time!


About The Return Man

The Return Man
V.M. Zito
Orbit, April 1, 2012
Premium Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages


Interview with V.M. Zito and Giveaway - April 30, 2012
The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.


About V. M. Zito

Interview with V.M. Zito and Giveaway - April 30, 2012
V. M. Zito resides in Connecticut, USA with his wife and daughter. When not writing, he spends his weekdays working as Creative Director at a New England ad agency and his weekends running on trails. THE RETURN MAN is his first novel.


V.M.'s Links

TheReturnMan.com
Facebook.com/TheReturnMan





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Return Man from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite novel, movie or TV show featuring zombies?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, May 7, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for April 2012!

As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.

January 2012  Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.



For March you have 8 covers to choose from.

























Guest Blog by V.M. Zito - Logic for Dead People

Please welcome V.M. Zito to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. The Return Man was published on April 1, 2012 by Orbit.


Logic for Dead People

I love comic books. And to love comic books, sometimes you have to throw real-world logic out the window. A megadose of gamma rays turns Bruce Banner into the Hulk? A cosmic space storm transforms four astronauts into the Fantastic Four? A radioactive spider-bite mutates Peter Parker into Spider-Man? Err... umm... sure, why not. In reality, they'd all die of horrible cancers and radiation poisoning. But on the comic page, we just accept it and move on. Don't ask too many questions, or else the entire concept crumbles. And what fun is that?

It's a lot like 'suspension of disbelief' -- the mental state necessary to enjoy fiction as a reader -- except it goes further, asking us to jump even wider gaps in believability.

I call this 'Comic Book Logic.' And I think it applies to zombies, too.

I realize this might be hard to accept. We live in an era of vast knowledge, constantly expanding our understanding of life, technology and the universe; even last month, scientists came closer to pinpointing the ever-elusive 'God particle' in subatomic physics. We crave answers. We want to take it all apart and see how shit works, because we're certain it's better to know.

In college, I was a biology major (although I never finished the degree); even today I'm still fascinated by the cogs and wheels that make life function. So you might think I'd be pretty eager to know exactly how a zombie works. I mean, we're talking about a dead body that gets up and walks around and tries to kill us. For that to be possible, a few things have to happen...

For example, which biological systems are still ticking below the clammy grey skin? Does the heart beat? If not, how do the muscles get energy without a steady blood supply? Does a zombie digest the people it eats? Does it poop? I have never seen a pile of zombie poop.

See what I mean? The more questions you ask, the more that follow, to the point of distraction. The trend today in zombie entertainment is to offer answers -- pseudo-scientific explanations that sound plausible enough, at least until you ask the next question -- but be careful. Comic books went through a similar stage in the 80s, when writers like Alan Moore and Frank Miller enforced 'reality rules' on their superhero characters and in the process almost killed them. Comic artist David Mazzuchelli said it this way: 'Once a depiction veers toward realism, each new detail releases a torrent of questions that expose the absurdity at the heart of the genre. The more "realistic" superheroes become, the less believable they are. It's a delicate balance...'

George Romero's 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead, launched the zombie apocalypse with Comic Book Logic, hinting that radiation (the Silver Age comic's greatest plot device!) from an exploding space probe may have caused the dead to rise. But even George realized that no explanation could possibly withstand the scrutiny of science, and in his follow-up Dawn of the Dead, he transcends logic entirely by issuing my favorite proclamation of all time:

'When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth.'

Shazam! Theology trumps science. The zombie apocalypse is God's plan. Zombies can walk because God freakin' wants them to, okay? And to make sure we get the point, in Day of the Dead Romero explains that maybe God 'just wanted to show us he's still the Boss Man.'

In my novel THE RETURN MAN, I tip-toe to the edge of the 'scientific answer.' I couldn't resist; my inner biology student was curious, and the main character Henry Marco is a neurologist who would naturally be interested, too. But I also took George's advice to heart and backed off before taking a full flying leap to a conclusion. Ultimately, the only explanation for our beloved flesh-eating zombies is either an inscrutable God... or good old Comic Book Logic.

Which do you believe in?


The Return Man
V.M. Zito
Orbit, April 1, 2012
Premium Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.





About V. M. Zito

V. M. Zito resides in Connecticut, USA with his wife and daughter. When not writing, he spends his weekdays working as Creative Director at a New England ad agency and his weekends running on trails. THE RETURN MAN is his first novel.


V.M.'s Links

TheReturnMan.com
Facebook.com/TheReturnMan

The View From Monday - April 2, 2012

Happy first Monday in April! This week is very busy (again) at The Qwillery and is filled with 2012 Debut Author Challenge goodness.

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Anne Lyle. The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) was published on March 27, 2012 (US/Canada) by Angry Robot.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Jillian Stone. The Seduction of Phaeton Black {Phaeton Black 1) was published on March 27, 2012 by Brava.

Wednesday - Guest Blog by Gerry Bartlett. Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans, the 8th Real Vampires novel, will be published on April 3, 2012 by Berkley.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Thomas Morrissey. Faustus Resurrectus (Donovan Graham 1) will be published on April 3. 2012 by Night Shade Books.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with J.A. Kazimer. CURSES! was published on February 28, 2012 by Kensingston. Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons will be published today by Champagne Books.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Gust Blog by V.M. Zito. The Return Man was published on April 1, 2012.

Sunday - Laura Kaye West of Want Event.  West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi 2) will be published in July by Entangled Publishing.


There are many books out this week. I'm not including cover images because it would make the post too long. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).


April 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Twisted Metal Tony Ballantyne SF - Penrose 1
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 Damien Broderick
Paul Di Filippo
Literary Criticism
The Rogue Trudi Canavan F - Traitor Spy Trilogy 2
Lessons After Dark Isabel Cooper PNR - Englefield 2
Crystalfire Kate Douglas PNR - Demonslayers 4
Siddon Rock Glenda Guest F
The Kingdom of Gods (tp2mm) N. K. Jemisin F - Inheritance Trilogy 3
Mariana (h2tp) Susanna Kearsley F
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall Nancy Kress SF
The Slayer Theresa Meyers PHR - Legend Chronicles 2
Grey Expectations Clea Simon PCM - Dulcie Schwartz 4
Moonblood Anne Elisabeth Stengl F - Tales of Goldstone Wood 3
The Return Man (d) V.M. Zito H/PA/Th/Z



April 3, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Devil's Punch Ann Aguirre UF - Corine Solomn 4
Home for a Spell (h2mm) Madelyn Alt PCM - Bewitching Mysteries 7
Magic Unchained Jessica Andersen PNR - Nightkeepers 7
Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans Gerry Bartlett PNR - Real Vampires 8
The Eye of the Chained God Don Bassingthwaite F- Abyssal Plague Trilogy 3
The Straits of Galahesh Bradley P. Beaulieu F - The Lays of Anuskaya 2
R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Volume I: Dissolution, Insurrection, Condemnation Richard Lee Byers F- Forgotten Realms
Ride the Star Winds A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 4
The Wolf Who Loved Me Lydia Dare PHR
Something Secret This Way Comes Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 1
Betrayal Christina Dodd PRS - Bella Terra Deception 3
The Road of Danger David Drake SF - RCN 9
The Lingering Dead J.N. Duncan UF - Deadworld 3
Plague Town Dana Fredsti H - Ashley Parker 1
Dog and Dragon Dave Freer F - Dragon's Ring 2
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith H - Movie Tie-In
Tall, Dark & Dead (tp2mm) Tate Hallaway PNR - Garnet Lacey 1
The Vampire Shrink (ri) Lynda Hilburn UF - Kismet Knight 1
Lost Horizon (ri) James Hilton F
So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel Phil Hornshaw Humour/Science
Untouched Sara Humphreys PNR - The Amoveo Legend 2
Vengeance Ian Irvine EF - Tainted Realm 1
Alien Diplomacy Gini Koch SFR - Katherine "Kitty" Katt 4
The Haunted Bentley Little H
The Reason is You (d) Sharla Lovelace R w/ PE
Magic Without Mercy Devon Monk UF - Allie Beckstrom 8
Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art Christopher Moore PM/Humor
Faustus Resurrectus (d) Thomas Morrissey UF - Donovan Graham
Enraptured Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians 4
The Shining City Fiona Patton F - Warriors of Estavia 3
Triggers Robert J. Sawyer SF
The Shape of Desire Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Cats Can't Shoot Clea Simon PCM - Pru Marlowe 2
Banner of the Damned Sherwood Smith F
Caine's Law Matthew Stover SF/F - Act of Atonement 2
Bloodright Karin Tabke PNR - Blood Moon Rising 2
Werewolf in Seattle Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 3
Savage Awakening J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 2
The Thirteenth Sacrifice Debbie Viguie PS - Witch Hunt
Hunter's Rise Shiloh Walker PNR - Hunters 14
The Helix War Edward Willett SF
The Summoning (d) Carol Wolf UF - Wolf Moon Saga
Except the Queen (h2mm) Jane Yolen
Midori Snyder
F
Let Them Eat Steak Sarah Zettel PCM - Vampire Chef 2



April 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword & Blood: The Vampire Musketeers Sarah Marques F
A Song Called Youth John Shirley SF/Cyberpunk Omnibus



d - debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Th - Thriller
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PS - Paranoral Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts


There are 8 debuts in April.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite April cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


White Horse
AuthorAlex Adams
Series:  White Horse
Format:  Hardcover , 320 pages
Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April, 17, 2012
Price:  $19.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic
ISBN:  9781451642995

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.


Royal Street
AuthorSuzanne Johnson
Series:  Sentinels of New Orleans
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, April 10, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765327796

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.


The Reason is You
AuthorSharla Lovelace
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Berkley, April 3, 2012
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Romance w/ Paranormal Elements
ISBN9780425247129

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Anything but Normal…
Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life. But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who’s been dead for forty years.
In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now that she’s back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes. Between his popping in at inopportune moments and having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short lived .
As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there’s that little thing she’s not telling her daughter yet. Like that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing…


Coveted
AuthorShawntelle Madison
Series:  Coveted
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Ballantine Books, April 24, 2012
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN978-0-345-52918-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.


Faustus Resurrectus
Author:  Thomas Morrissey
Series:  Donovan Graham
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-405-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...


Blackbirds
AuthorChuck Wendig
Series:  Miriam Black
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:   Angry Robot,  April 24. 2012 US/CAN, May 3, 2012 UK/RoW
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662309

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving ]


Summoning
AuthorCarol Wolf
Series:   Moon Wolf Saga
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-398-4

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hopings soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.
From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.


The Return Man
AuthorV.M. Zito
Format: Premium Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Orbit, April 1, 2012
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror/Thriller/Zombies
ISBN:  9780316218283

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The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.
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